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Ever taken a spin class or ridden your
Are Spin Bikes Bad for Knees?
Cycling can be incredibly gentle on the knees if done correctly, as it is considered low impact. In fact, research shows that stationary cycling exercise relieves pain and improves sports function in individuals with knee osteoarthritis. However, common riding mistakes are why people experience knee pain, not the bikes themselves. For example, I have had a meniscus tear in my left knee for eight years, but I can still ride pain-free as long as my form is on point.
Just because indoor cycling is a low-impact exercise doesn’t mean that riding a spin
Is Knee Pain Normal After a Spinning/ Indoor Cycling Class?
Thinking knee pain is the usual aftermath of an indoor cycling class? Think again. You should not be experiencing knee pain regularly after taking your favorite spin class or enjoying a ride on your
Reasons Why You Might Have Knee Pain During Indoor Cycling
How to Avoid Knee Pain When You Cycle?
How to Reduce The Knee Pain After the Indoor Cycling?
There are many solutions to reduce knee pain after an indoor cycling session. Here are a few remedies to try:
No, when we talk about R.I.C.E., we aren’t reminding you to eat whole grains (which is essential too!). Still, instead, we are referring to Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation, especially if your knee pain also includes swelling. So let’s break each of these components down a little further.
Important Note: R.I.C.E. is one treatment plan available. If you are experiencing pain, you should always speak with your doctor to find out the best course of action for you, as treatment options will vary from person to person.
2. Pain Relievers, Ointments, and Creams
The use of medications such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen is another option when trying to diminish post-ride knee pain. If you prefer to avoid taking a pill, many creams and ointments are also available on the market. Everyone is different, so it might take a little time to find which pain remedy works best for you. My favorite ointment to use on aching joints is BioFreeze.
If you are not experiencing swelling but just discomfort after a ride, heat is another option for relief. Heat therapy could come from a heating pad, hot water bottle, hot tub, or, my favorite choice, a relaxing bath. Unlike ice, this treatment should not be repeated throughout the day, and one fifteen to twenty-minute session should suffice.
4. Sports Tape
Sports tape, also known as Kinesiology Tape, is fantastic for recovery and pain relief for sore muscles and joints. There are a wide variety of brands available on the market.
5. See Your Doctor
It is vital to know when it is time to go and see your doctor. I have to admit there has been a time or two when I waited too long to go and get an injury checked out. Your knee is part of your kinetic chain. This means that it isn’t uncommon for you to begin to experience pain in your ankle, hip, or back on the same side as the injured knee as they all work as a team. Therefore, if your knee pain is becoming chronic, it might be time to go see a professional before other joints begin to bother you as well.
Other Common Indoor Cycling Injuries
Although knee pain is the most shared ailment associated with indoor cycling, there are few others to discuss. As we have explained, knee pain is most commonly due to improper